Emma Willard School

285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Honoring its founder's vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 356 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,970
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,600
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Emma Willard School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
137 acres
126 acres

Student Body

356 students
320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$179.1 million
$28 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Kristen Mariotti
Katie Myer



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Affinity Groups, Asian Student Union, Black Latinx Student Union, Democracy Matters, EMbassadors, Emma Arch (alum connection club), Emma Genius (tech help), Emma Green, Entrepreneurship Club, F-Word, Fair Trade, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Gargoyle (yearbook), HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Humaniteam, Instrument Ensemble, Language Tutors, MedTalks, Mock Trial, Model UN, Multicultural American International Student Union (MIASU), Music lessons (piano, brass, singing), Muslim Student Union, OMEGA (fashion club), Phila, Philosophy Club, Pride Alliance, PRIMES (Math and Science Tutors), Proctors & Prefects, Quiz Team, Robotics, Science OIympiad, SOAR (Student Organization for Animal Respect), Stock Market Club, Student Council, Student Diversity Leadership Group, SWENext: Engineering Club, The Clock (newspaper), Triangle Arts & Lit Magazine, UNICEF, Wellies (Wellness Advocates)

Arts and Music Programs:
12 Tones, Agonies, Campus Players, Choir, Junior Singing Group (JSG)

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • LOOK WITHIN, SEE BEYOND. What drives your passion to learn? Are you an artist? A scientist? An athlete? A combination of all? At Emma Willard School, we invite you to embrace your passion and use it to shape your high school learning experience and beyond.
  • As the nation's first institute of higher learning for young women, Emma Willard School has been a leader in girls' education for over 200 years. Our founder, Emma Hart Willard, was a bold advocate for access to education, wanting young women to have more opportunities than what was available to her at that time. She was empowered to want more for herself and others and set forth for a life of extraordinary impact. Since 1814, we have been challenging independent school students to question, reason, learn, grow, and lead.
  • Whether you already know your passion, or are still finding your way, Emma Willard School empowers you to discover your authentic self. With a balance of academic rigor, personalized opportunities to grow and create, and a focus on individual wellness, Emma Willard School prepares boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12 to go out and impact their world.
  • Emma Willard School accreditations: NYSAIS, NAIS, TABS,
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Emma Willard School cost?
Emma Willard School's tuition is approximately $69,970 for boarding students and $43,600 for day students.
What sports does Emma Willard School offer?
Emma Willard School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track.
Does Emma Willard School offer a summer program?
Yes, Emma Willard School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Emma Willard School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Emma Willard School?
The application deadline for Emma Willard School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 1980
DePauw University
I visited many girls boarding schools. Emma Willard seemed to have a much higher academic standard and huge push to refine analytic skills. The student population was very well mannered. No one was there because. . .

Class of 1980
University of Michigan
Emma Willard's campus and the friendliness of my student tour guide and others we met while on the tour were the most important factors in my then 14-year-old decision to apply to and then attend. . .

Class of 2014
Northeastern University
Emma Willard is especially good at facilitating discussion based classrooms using the Harkness Method. I am finding now that I am in college classes that are all large lectures that Emma Willard's teachers were especially. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 356 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,970
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,600
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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